Optimization Model for Operation of Recharge Basins

by Hasan Mushtaq, Arizona State Univ, Tempe, AZ, USA,
Larry W. Mays, Arizona State Univ, Tempe, AZ, USA,
Kevin E. Lansey, Arizona State Univ, Tempe, AZ, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Resources Planning and Management: Saving a Threatened Resource—In Search of Solutions


A mathematical model is developed for the optimal operation of recharge basins, which is a non-linear optimization problem. The objective of the model is to determine the operation that maximizes the infiltration subject to constraints for continuity, infiltration, groundwater flow, and the physical constraints describing the recharge basins. The model can be solved using a non-linear optimizer such as GAMS-MINOS (Murtagh and Saunders, 1977) or GRG2 (Lasdon and Waren, 1984). An application is presented to illustrate the model.

Subject Headings: Optimization models | Hydrologic models | Recharge basins | Groundwater flow | Physical models | Water flow | Mathematics | Mathematical models

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